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State Looks To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Federal Nuke Lab Cleanup – The Associated Press 

The New Mexico Environment Department is asking a federal court to dismiss a watchdog group's lawsuit over a cleanup effort at one of the nation's premier nuclear weapons factories.

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Stories of outsiders coming to New Mexico to exploit the state's resources are nothing new – think Spanish colonization.

That’s how many critics see Santolina, a 22-square-mile development proposed for an area west of Albuquerque. But opponents of the project are fighting back in court.

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Members Of New Mexico Delegation Seek F-16s For Air BaseThe Associated Press

A bipartisan contingent of the state's congressional delegation is urging the federal government to relocate F-16 squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base and expand training efforts at the southern New Mexico post.

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Leaders Hold Special Meeting After Girl's Death – The Associated Press

City and county officials have called a special meeting to address the brutal slaying of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl in the hopes of identifying opportunities for the community to better protect children.

Officials say they will be seeking funding for more social workers, and exploring solutions for drug treatment, mental health services and child abuse prevention.

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Students at the University of New Mexico who pay their tuition online are going to have reach deeper into their pockets this semester. A 2.75 percent processing fee kicked in about a week before classes started. 

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Workers At New Mexico Plant Practice Handling Nuclear Waste – The Associated Press & The Carlsbad Current-Arugus  

Workers at New Mexico's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are completing training exercises as they prepare to resume handling nuclear waste.

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Girl's Killing Is New Mexico's Latest Horrific Child DeathAssociated Press

The killing this week of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who was drugged, raped and dismembered is just the latest horrific child slaying case for New Mexico, which has the nation's highest youth poverty rate and a state government that has had heavily publicized difficulties protecting children from abuse.

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KUNM Call In Show 9/1 8a:

New Mexico produces the majority of chile in the U.S. according to the New Mexico Chile Association, and the crop brings millions the state. This fruit has become an integral part of our economy and our culture. Yet the industry faces serious challenges, with declining acreage and labor shortages.

This summer, over 100 medical students from the University of New Mexico spread out across the state, working at health care facilities in rural or underserved communities.  The program is part of the UNM School of Medicine's Practical Immersion Experience.

Second-year student Josh Romero talks about his work this summer at La Familia, a community health center in Santa Fe.

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Candlelight Vigil For Murdered New Mexico GirlAssociated Press

Dozens of people gathered outside a northwest Albuquerque apartment complex for a candlelight vigil for a murdered young girl.

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State Police: Lapel Video Leads To Arrest Of Police Sergeant – The Associated Press 

Authorities say a 33-year-old police sergeant in a northwestern New Mexico city has been arrested after he unwittingly recorded himself on a lapel camera taking marijuana from his office and giving it to his girlfriend.

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The Bernalillo County Commission voted Tuesday night to put a measure that would continue funding treatment for low-income and uninsured patients at UNM Hospital on November’s ballot.

UNM Hospital has been getting around $90 million a year in taxpayer dollars to pay for medical care for patients who can’t afford it. Now voters here will be asked to choose if they want to keep that money coming.

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The traditional folk music of New Mexico has been celebrated for the past 16 years at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe with Nuestra Música, a concert celebrating the music traditions of the state.

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More New Mexico Public Schools Earn "A" Or "B" Grades But Many Still Failing – The Associated Press

More New Mexico public schools have been graded "A'' or "B'' but over a third still received "D'' or "F'' grades.


In 2014, NASA announced they’d found that the largest plume of methane gas in North America was right here in New Mexico.

At the time, scientists didn’t know exactly where the methane was coming from – but now they’ve completed some research and published their findings.

Discipline In Our Schools

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KUNM Call In Show 8/25 8a: 

Students are back in classrooms across New Mexico. In the coming year, teachers and administrators will have to make decisions about how to discipline students. Is discipline fair in school districts across the state? Are all students treated the same when they are disciplined? Do you have concerns about how your children or grandchildren are being disciplined during the school day? How can we ensure that punishment in schools is equitable, particularly for students of color and students with disabilities? 

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Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson was in Albuquerque Saturday to rally supporters for his presidential bid as the Libertarian candidate. Gary Johnson needs to reach 15 percent in some national polls to be included in presidential debates alongside Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. KUNM's Anna Lande was there to find out why people are thinking of voting for Johnson.

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Budget Crunch Being Felt By New Mexico Jurors – The Associated Press

New Mexico jurors and court interpreters are the latest group to feel the pinch of a budget crunch that has all of state government tightening its belt.

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Española’s youth science and tech programs had two big-league visitors Monday—National Science Director France Córdova and Senator Martin Heinrich.

Española has one of the highest poverty rates in the state, but it’s also got some strong science, technology, engineering and math programs—also called STEM. There’s a robotics club that Senator Martin Heinrich says could help fill a looming workforce shortage at Los Alamos National Laboratories. 


  The U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing last week that it’s unconstitutional to keep people behind bars just because they can’t afford to pay bail. Some bail bondsmen in New Mexico argue people in poverty shouldn’t be allowed to skirt the law.

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Police Shoot, Kill Suspect In Las CrucesAssociated Press

Las Cruces police have shot and killed a robbery suspect who they say was armed with a knife.

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New Mexico Extends Re-Enrollment Period For Pot PatientsAssociated Press

New Mexico health officials are extending the enrollment period by up to 60 days for patients who need to renew their certification for the state's medical marijuana program.

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Facebook is going to have to choose where to put its new data center: New Mexico or Utah.

The social media company stores its users’ uploads, mostly millions and millions of photos, on servers. Communities want these data centers because they inject cash back into the hosting community. 

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New Mexico Governor To Call Special Legislative SessionAssociated Press

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez says she will call a special legislative session to address a budget crunch stemming from dwindling revenues.

It can be stressful and sometimes scary to be pulled over by a police officer for a traffic stop. Some local actors, writers and artists are planning an interactive role-playing event this weekend at Warehouse 508 in Albuquerque for cops and people from the community to come together to learn about each other and practice how to avoid conflict. It's called CommUNITY Conversation - Positive Policing: Reimagining the Traffic Stop.

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The Santa Fe Juvenile Justice Board is hearing an update on its budget Thursday. The city plans to continue directing funds towards programs that aim to keep kids out of the criminal justice system.

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There are 13 federal prisons around the United States that are run by private companies. One of them is in New Mexico. And today the Department of Justice said it’s going to stop using corporations to run federal prisons.

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New Mexico Student Scores Up, But Less Than 1/3 Proficient – The Associated Press

New results show New Mexico student tests scores are up across the state, but only less than a third of students are proficient.

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It’s expensive and it takes years to get a new drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. So researchers at the University of New Mexico are going back through the medicine cabinet of drugs developed for things other than cancer and testing them on cancer cells. 

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New Mexico Official Clears Way For Hearing On Water Proposal—Associated Press

Plans by a commercial venture to pipe billions of gallons of water from rural western New Mexico to more populated areas of the state are inching ahead again.